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The Henshaw name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Henshaw in Northumberland
, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Henshaw belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Henshaw was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Henshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henshaw research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1628, 1673, 1663, 1608, 1679, 1663, 1618 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Henshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Henshaw were among those contributors:
Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joshua Henshaw, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1652
- Benj Henshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1662
Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Charles Henshaw settled in Maryland in 1742
- Benjamin and John Henshaw settled in Boston in 1768
Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Vivian Henshaw, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1831
- John and Joseph Henshaw settled in Philadelphia in 1840
- Mrs. Henshaw, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
Henshaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Henshaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- William Thornton Henshaw (1868-1949), American politician, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1896-1902; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1901-02
- Marion Lee Henshaw (1845-1929), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1883
- John Snodgrass Henshaw (1869-1957), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1897-98
- Howard A. Henshaw (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1919-20
- Horace Henshaw, American politician, Supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1868-69
- Harry Preston Henshaw (1886-1961), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1917-18; Member of West Virginia State Senate 15th District, 1921-31
- Edgar Craven Henshaw (1859-1924), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1910-14
- David Henshaw (1791-1852), American politician, Secretary of the Navy, 1843-44
- Charlotte V. Henshaw, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
- Henry Wetherbee Henshaw (1850-1930), American ornithologist
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
The Henshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henshaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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